NFU 0 Curzon Ashton 1 (NLN17-18)

Tuesday 19 December 2017

  Vanarama National League North

North Ferriby United  0   Curzon Ashton  1
                                    Ryan Brooke 6

The result was very harsh on Ferriby who dominated the second-half. This was a much more positive performance from The Villagers. They played with a purpose and commitment that has not necessarily been evident this season.

The first-half was played at quite a frenetic pace by both sides. Curzon had the greater possession and territory and carried more threat than Ferriby throughout the half. That said, Ferriby competed well and the defence, which was well-led by Jake Skelton generally looked firm.

The main difference between the two sides was that Curzon managed to get more threatening balls in to the penalty area.

Despite good work from Callum Rzonca and debutant Jerome Slew on each wing, Ferriby did not get enough good crosses in to the box. On those occasions that penetrating crosses they caused problems for the visitors’ defence.

The only goal of the game came after just six minutes. A quick break saw the ball reach Ryan Brooke who ran on. His shot seemed to go in off Ross Durrant as the keeper tried to block the shot.

Niall Cummins and Brooke created problems for Ferriby but The Villagers’ defence denied Curzon any really clear-cut chances. Durrant had to make only one good save when he turned a Brooke shot round the post.

The second-half belonged to Ferriby. Rzonca and Slew continued to work well down the wings. The quality of the crosses into the penalty area was much better and Curzon were often forced in to desperate defence.

The ball really did not bounce for Ferriby in and around the penalty area so chances were limited. Carl Stewart was close to scoring on his debut but Sleew’s low ball into the goal area just evaded the striker as he slid in.

Ferriby manager Chris Bolder saw a lot of positives in the performance, “

“We’ve spoken all week about doing certain things and we did that tonight. The result was harsh. They were panicking during the second-half. If we’d got one goal I think we’d have got another.

“We had pace out wide and Carl Stewart was very competitive up front. We  looked an attacking threat which was pleasing.

“We are definitely showing signs of making strides going forward as a team but it will take time.

“In the situation we are in, players often want to getthe ball away from goal as quickly as possible. We’re t trying to instil confidence in  to the players to keep the ball.

“Our crosses in first-half lacked quality but it was pleasing that we were in positions to get them in.

It was good to hear the fans responding to the players because the players were working hard and fans see and recognise that effort on the pitch. That is the minimum requirement that I expect. You can’t always control what happens in a game but you can control the effort and commitment you put in as a player.”

NFU: Ross Durrant , Jordon Cooke, Jack Walters, Ben Clappison  (Jamie Forrester 59),  Jake Picton, Jake Skelton, Callum Rzonca, Simon Russell, Carl Stewart, Adam Bolder, Jerome Slew (Luke Lofts 65),   Substitutes not used: Lewis Exall, Bobby Johnson, Kojo Keyi


Curzon Ashton: Cameron Mason, Daniel Shaw, Joe Guest, Jonathan Hunt, Jamie Stott, Matthew Regan, Jordan Wright, Luke Clark (Baillie James 45), Niall Cummins, Ryan Brooke (Oliver Thornley 74), Richard Baker (Sam Madeley 82),  Subs not used:, (Matthew Crothers, Ben Warton,


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